Have you ever pulled out your refrigerator and found something unexpected back there amid the usual pile of dust – a cat toy, a fork, some coins, the car keys you lost a year ago? Well, my friend David Sabados recently pulled out his refrigerator and found a secret room behind it.
David had got a new refrigerator for his home in Denver and was removing the old one when it suddenly became apparent that the fridge was framed into a doorway that led to a small room behind it, with built-in drawers, shelves and cabinets. Unfortunately for us mystery lovers, there was nothing in the room: no corpse in a gray pin-striped business suit, no hidden treasure, no Al Capone or Geraldo Rivera. From the pictures he emailed me, I’d say the room is about 4 feet by 8 feet. David surmises that during a remodeling at some point by a previous owner it was decided to close off space that was connected to the original kitchen, thus creating the secret room. “The room behind the fridge might have been a pantry and when installing a more modern fridge they probably just decided they didn’t need the extra storage and cut the doorway bigger to fit the fridge,” he said. The room appears old but not ancient: There’s a three-pronged electrical outlet in there.
When David posted a picture of the secret room on Facebook, he was surprised at how much the discovery intrigued his friends. By then he had already installed the new refrigerator, closing off the secret room. He said he couldn’t think of any practical use for the space.
QUESTION: If you found a secret room like this behind your refrigerator, what would you do with it?